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Community relations councils to go their separate ways

Effort at regionalization to end June 30 as UJA-NNJ cites unique priorities and programs

LocalPublished: 25 March 2011

It was a budget-cutting move that didn’t work out.

Two years ago, three Jewish federations — UJA Federation of Northern New Jersey, the United Jewish Communities of MetroWest, and the Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey — announced that they were combining their community relations councils under one umbrella. It was seen as an effort to respond to a funding crisis, particularly at the MetroWest federation, which covers several counties in this state and which reduced 13 positions, including that of the executive director of its community relations council.

 
 

Two narratives from Beit Yatir

The Yudelson FilesPublished: 24 March 2011
 
 

After BARJ, plans for Reform teens

LocalPublished: 18 March 2011

After 24 years, a Reform synagogue partnership is coming to an end. The Bergen Academy of Reform Judaism will not re-open in the fall. Instead, each of the three participating congregations will be running its own educational programs for their teenagers.

Rabbi Neal Borovitz of Temple Avodat Shalom in River Edge, who was involved with BARJ since its second year, is “saddened” by the school’s closing.

“The issues were economic,” he said.

 
 

Rabbis given training in responding to child abuse

LocalPublished: 18 March 2011

Bergen County’s two rabbinical organizations gathered last Thursday night for a joint training session about identifying and responding to child abuse and neglect.

More than 20 rabbis from across the Jewish spectrum heard a presentation by Lisa Fedder, director of Jewish Family Service of Bergen and North Hudson, at the agency’s Teaneck office. Project S.A.R.A.H. (Stop Abusive Relationships at Home) was represented by Esther East, director of Jewish Family Service of the Jewish Federation of Greater Clifton/Passaic.

The joint training session reflected a desire for cooperation by both Rabbi Randall Mark, president of the North Jersey Board of Rabbis, which is made up of Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist rabbis, and Rabbi Rabbi Larry Rothwachs, president of the Rabbinical Council of Bergen County. Both bodies were well represented at the session.

 
 

After BARJ, two visions of Jewish education

The Yudelson FilesPublished: 16 March 2011
 
 

11 Orthodox converts barred from aliyah

Local rabbi signs letter to interior ministry

Local | WorldPublished: 11 March 2011

This time it’s an Orthodox problem.

The latest round in the never-ending battle over “who is a Jew” pits diaspora Orthodox rabbis, including one from Teaneck, against the Israeli Interior Ministry and the office of the chief rabbi.

At immediate issue is the immigration status of 11 North American Jews who underwent Orthodox conversion and whose petition to make aliyah has been denied in recent weeks by Interior Ministry immigration authorities.

 
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Interfaith blood drive in Ridgewood

Temple Israel to host Christian, Muslim congregations

LocalPublished: 04 March 2011

Bringing other religions on board has brought logistical challenges and opportunities to the semi-annual blood drive of Temple Israel and Jewish Community Center of Ridgewood, which takes place on Sunday.

The congregation has been running a blood drive since 1993, according to congregant Jerry Birenz, its founder.

But it is only in the past few years that first St. Elizabeth Episcopal Church and more recently the Muslim Society of Ridgewood have joined in.

 
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Synagogues unite for Shabbat

Shabbat Across America celebrated March 4 locally and globally

LocalPublished: 04 March 2011

It’s a weekly event that comes once a year. Shabbat Across America, now in its 15th year, puts Sabbath services and meals on the calendar for more than 600 synagogues of all denominations across the country and beyond.

The March 4 event is being celebrated in at least 10 area synagogues in a variety of ways, including a “Tot Shabbat” for children 5 and under (and their parents) at Temple Sinai of Bergen County in Tenafly, a potluck dinner at Temple Beth Or in Washington Township, and a catered dinner for 175 at the Jewish Community Center of Paramus.

 
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Ethan Tucker’s four favorite halachic works (and one favorite mitzvah)

The Yudelson FilesPublished: 26 February 2011
 
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How is Mechon Hadar different than the Pardes Institute?

The Yudelson FilesPublished: 26 February 2011
 
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